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Many people today are asking the ?meaning-making? questions. We want our lives to have meaning. We want to know how our faith informs our work life, how our family life enhances our spirituality, and how we can feel less fragmented and more whole. These are the spiritual questions of life. They are wisdom-seeking invitations stirring within the depths of our souls. These are the hungers that theological reflection can help feed.
This book offers an understanding of theological ...
Many people today are asking the “meaning-making” questions. We want our lives to have meaning. We want to know how our faith informs our work life, how our family life enhances our spirituality, and how we can feel less fragmented and more whole. These are the spiritual questions of life. They are wisdom-seeking invitations stirring within the depths of our souls. These are the hungers that theological reflection can help feed.
This book offers an understanding of theological reflection—a model and a method. It will not only illustrate how readers may use theological reflection in their own spiritual development but will also show how to facilitate the process with others.
—From the introduction
In Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life, principles of theological reflection are presented to help the believer connect faith teaching and life. Catholic Basics: A Pastoral Ministry Series offers an in-depth yet accessible understanding of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith for adults, both those active in pastoral ministry and those preparing for ministry. The series helps readers explore the Catholic tradition and apply what they have learned to their lives and ministry situations. Includes study questions and suggestions for further reading.
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Table of Contents
About the Series vii Certification Standards: National Resources for Church Ministry viii Preface x Introduction xi
Chapter 1: Theological Reflection: The What and the Why 1
Theological Reflection: A Natural Activity 3
The Potential for Transformation 5
For Reflection 6
Chapter 2: Theological Reflection: The Model 7
For Reflection 14
Chapter 3: Theological Reflection: The Method 16
Decision Making 21
For Reflection 22
Chapter 4: Theological Reflection: How to Begin 23
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults 24
Faith-Sharing Group 27
Religious Education Class 31
For Reflection 33
Chapter 5: Theological Reflection: The Facilitator 35
You as the Facilitator 36
Gaining Clarity About Feelings 38
Staying with the Experience 40
Guidelines for Faith Sharing 41
Framing the Questions 43
Challenges and Gifts Within a Group 45
For Reflection 47
Chapter 6: Theological Reflection: The Discipline of Authenticity 48
Facilitators Serve as Formed and Informed Resources 49
Facilitators Are Deep Listeners 50
Facilitators Are Faithful to the Tradition 50
Attending to Preparation 51
For Reflection 54
Chapter 7: Theological Reflection: What’s It to Me? 56
Reciprocity: The Nature of Ministry 59
For Reflection 61
Recommended Resources 65
About the Author 68